Obama unveils sweeping gun plan, concedes tough fight ahead

  • Article by: PAUL WEST, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY and RICHARD SIMON
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 11:00 PM

He committed to high-profile campaign to ban assault weapons and used his presidential powers to enact 23 separate measures.

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reetnhJan. 15, 1311:59 AM

President should NOT have direct power on altering the 2nd amendment. It'll be interesting to see how this shakes out.

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ranger1873Jan. 15, 1312:04 PM

What part of "shall not be infringed" is so hard for him to understand?

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EleanoreJan. 15, 1312:06 PM

That's the point, he can't change or negate the second amendment, neither can congress, SCOTUS, or all of them put together. Only the people of the united states can negate an enumerated civil right by enacting a now prohibition amendment. I wouldn't count on that happening any time soon.

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ahugginkissJan. 15, 1312:08 PM

Obama supports an assault weapons ban? He's becoming more and more like George W. Bush every day.

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Truckman182Jan. 15, 1312:08 PM

He is going to stir up a huge hornets nest that will have major consequences in the 2014 mid terms.....

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JerryElliottJan. 15, 1312:21 PM

The president has my best interests at heart when it comes to my safety and my health. He has and wants to take care of me in so many ways. As I see it, the biggest obstacle to my continued health and well-being is congress. Every time our beloved leader wants to help or protect me, he has to bring it to congress. If congress won’t go along with our president or if he senses they won’t, he has to bypass them and do the right thing by executive order. If congress won’t confirm one of his cabinet appointments, or if he feels they won’t, he has to ignore that cabinet post and appoint a Czar to handle that area of the government. Since president Obama has a huge approval rating, as witnessed by the his victory in November, and the approval rating of congress is consistently under 15%, I think it’s time we get rid of congress. They are just a road block to peace and prosperity that that we so deserve and that our president so passionately wants to bring us. Think of the benefits: • We get rid of 535 useless big-government employees. • We get rid of thousands of big business lobbyists who line the pockets and campaign coffers of congress people to get great things for big business and not the people. • We get rid of the Capitol and the tens of thousands of employees associated with it. • We get rid of the Czars as they will be the new president-appointed cabinet members. • We get an un-vetted Supreme Court that the president can work with. • We get rid of all the annoying campaigns and campaign ads every 2 and 4 years. To make this really work and keep stability in the country, we’ll also need to get rid of all these ridiculous presidential elections; having a presidential election only when the current president passes away or steps down. This is what we need to make America truly strong a great again.

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EleanoreJan. 15, 1312:47 PM

I feel like I've wandered into an alternative universe, much like some people think is possible by pretending our constitution doesn't exist. Reality will hit us all hard I fear and the media is not providing information people need, merely hype to sell, you know, media.

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justin117Jan. 15, 1312:55 PM

Patriotism means to stand by the country, it does not mean to stand by the president. If a drunk driver kills someone - do we blame AAA? Guns don't kill, people do so why blame the NRA? The constitution was written by the people, not the government. Murders will murder with or without a gun. Gums are not the problem.

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blatherskiteJan. 15, 13 1:06 PM

Banning the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines does not infringe on any ones right to bear arms. You can still bear arms but not those arms. So get over the Second Amendment nonsense. The Second Amendment is not in play.

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RossbergJan. 15, 13 1:09 PM

Everyone knows by now that there are nowhere near the votes to pass any gun control legislation in Congress and that most of the outspoken opposition to date has come from Democrats. Unfortunately, though, there are always political points which can potentially be scored so Pres. Obama apparently feels forced to plod through this show. This would all move along much more smoothly if he would just skip the posturing and move directly to the final act in which the Republicans are to be blamed by him for no action being taken on any of this. We could then move on to the debt ceiling, budgets, and other agenda items which are of concern and for which the outcome of their debates is not yet a certainty.

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